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Legal news from Monday, January 23, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday in Reynolds v. United States that the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) does not require pre-act offenders to register before the attorney general validly specifies that the act's registration provisions apply to them. The attorney general determined in 2007 that all …

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by Jamie Reese

The Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs asked the UN Sunday to help them resolve what they are calling a judicial system failure over the detention of senior criminal court Judge Abdulla Mohamed. Mohamed was arrested for corruption in an unprecedented move by the military, following the ruling to release a government critic. The …

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by Jamie Reese

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed disappointment Monday that the US government has failed to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. President Barack Obama ordered the facility closed by January 2010, but congressional opposition and administrative setbacks prevented the administration from meeting the deadline. In addition, …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in National Meat Association v. Harris that the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), which requires observation of animals that are unable to walk for possible disease, preempts a subsequent California law [Cal Pen Code § 599f text] requiring slaughterhouses to "immediately euthanize" on its premises …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Supreme Court issued a per curiam opinion Monday in Ryburn v. Huff allowing police officers to enter a private residence without a warrant if they have a reason to anticipate violence. The parents of a high school student brought the suit, arguing that the police department violated the Fourth Amendment …

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by Sarah Posner

Croatian citizens voted in favor of joining the EU on Sunday, despite poor turnout for the referendum. With nearly all of the ballots counted, 66 percent voted in favor of Croatia's membership in the EU with 33 percent voting against. The remaining 1 percent of the ballots were invalid. Approximately 47 percent of eligible …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in United States v. Jones that the government's attachment of a global positioning system (GPS) device to a vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle's movements, constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment. The federal government sought Supreme Court …

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by Sarah Posner

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday confirmed charges against four of the six suspects allegedly involved in the violence following the December 2007 Kenyan elections. Two potential presidential candidates are among the four poised to stand trial before the ICC. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and …

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